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'Major step forward' for Abbey Wood as Kent-bound platform completed

PUBLISHED: 13:31 22 August 2016 | UPDATED: 13:31 22 August 2016

The new platform 2a at Abbey Wood

The new platform 2a at Abbey Wood

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Network Rail will now focus on constructing the Elizabeth line facilities

Abbey Wood station has come a step closer to completion with the opening of a new Kent-bound platform.

Both the Kent-bound and London-bound North Kent line platforms are now complete, meaning passengers will benefit from better seating, improved lighting and canopy cover, new customer information screens and new CCTV cameras.

The North Kent line tracks have been realigned and rebuilt to make space for the new Elizabeth line tracks and platforms.

Efforts will now focus on constructing the new tracks and platforms that will be used by the Elizabeth line services from the end of 2018.

Matthew Steele, Crossrail programme director at Network Rail, said: “The completion of the North Kent line work at Abbey Wood is a major step forward in the delivery of the new station. When our work is complete passengers will benefit from an impressive new station and dramatically better rail connections.”

Some weekend station closures will continue as Network Rail continues to build the state-of-the-art station, which is due for completion at the end of 2017.

Matthew White, surface director at Crossrail, commented: “The Elizabeth line will help to transform Abbey Wood. When the new railway opens in 2018, it will be quicker and easier for local people to get to a range of destinations across London and the South East.

“The improved transport links will also help to bring more businesses and investment into the local area.”

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